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Criminal Law Supreme and Appellate Court Opinions

by Townsend, Karen


SC20496 - State v. Taveras (Breach of peace at a preschool; “In this certified appeal, the state claims that the Appellate Court incorrectly concluded that the evidence contained in the record precluded application of the true threats exception and, as a result, improperly reversed the judgments of the trial court revoking the defendant’s probation pursuant to General Statutes § 53a-32 on the basis of that evidence. The defendant, in response, argues that the Appellate Court’s analysis on the point was sound, and that his conduct on the day of the incident in question warrants first amendment protection. For the reasons that follow, we agree with the state and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the Appellate Court.”)

AC43765 - State v. Goode (“On appeal, the defendant claims that the court erred by (1) denying his request for new counsel, (2) requiring him to remain shackled in the courtroom during his trial, and (3) not inquiring into a potential conflict of interest with his counsel. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.”)

AC43250 - State v. Tony O. (Robbery in the third degree; unlawful restraint in the first degree; assault in the third degree; attempt to commit larceny; “In the second part of the trial, the same jury found the defendant guilty on both counts of a part B information charging him, respectively, with being a serious persistent felony offender in violation of General Statutes § 53a-40 (c), as a basis for enhancing his impending sentence on the charge of unlawful restraint in the first degree, and being a persistent offender of crimes involving assault, stalking, threatening, harassment, and criminal violation of a protective order in violation of General Statutes § 53a-40d, as a basis for enhancing his impending sentence on the charge of assault in the third degree…We agree with the defendant that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction of robbery in the third degree, and thus we reverse the judgment of conviction on that charge and remand this case to the trial court with direction to enter a judgment of acquittal thereon. We disagree with the defendant, however, as to his other claims of error, and thus affirm the judgment in all other respects.”)